A COVID-19 outbreak in a Massachusetts county in July primarily occurred among vaccinated people, sparking fears that a variant of the CCP virus can impact that population more than other strains.
Of the 469 cases detected in Barnstable County, 74 percent occurred among the fully vaccinated, according to a new study published on Friday.
Genomic sequencing of 133 patients showed most of them were infected with the Delta variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.
The bulk of the infected people did not require hospital care, but among the five that did, four were fully vaccinated.
The study, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), helped drive agency officials to change masking guidance.
The goalposts have been moved to an undisclosed location:
CDC officials announced Tuesday that even vaccinated persons should wear masks indoors, an abrupt shift from under three months ago. …
The agency recommended that both the vaccinated and unvaccinated should don face coverings indoors in areas with high or substantial transmission of the CCP virus. More than half the counties in America meet one of those designations.
Researchers, though, said their investigation suggests people in any area should wear masks inside. …
The data demonstrate “that Delta infection resulted in similarly high SARS-CoV-2 viral loads in vaccinated and unvaccinated people,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC’s director, said in a statement on Friday.
“High viral loads suggest an increased risk of transmission and raised concern that, unlike with other variants, vaccinated people infected with Delta can transmit the virus. This finding is concerning and was a pivotal discovery leading to CDC’s updated mask recommendation.”
These first-generation vaccines do not kill the virus. They just prevent it from doing too much harm, mostly, at least initially. The virus is still alive and mutating in you, and can spread to others. It might escape as a nastier form (see Marek’s disease). Perhaps these are not the vaccines we have been waiting for.
UPDATE: Steve Sailer adds something the media had carefully omitted about this outbreak after the crowds descended upon Provincetown, Massachusetts, to celebrate the Fourth of July:
Strikingly, a three-letter word missing from this long article about Provincetown is “gay.” Provincetown is perhaps the gayest place in America. … But you’re never supposed to mention anything involving gays transmitting infections while partying. After all, we now know that the AIDS epidemic in America was the fault of Ronald and, especially, Nancy Reagan, not the people who infected other people. Follow the Science!
hat-tip Stephen Neil